I've just sent another new book on to my publisher and I am now working on another book in the "Fire and Ice" saga. I'm hoping to have it finished and on my publisher's desk before I begin work on another book. Need to keep the flow going for this saga. I like to think it is some of my best writing,
I have Susan's dog- "Lady Bug" sitting on m lap as I type. She weighs about 6 lbs, maybe less.
No more quakes since my last journal, not that I miss them any. I dislike picking up my police cars.
Ben, we got the card and photos of the kids, you all looked great. Strange how fast the kids grow. Your youngest girl looks a bit like your Dad- Troy. Poor kid. Hope she skips the beard.
I'm letting my white beard grow for Christmas photos, but I'll come out looking like a skinny Santa. Canaan took the kids over to Soldotna and got to see a good friend of the family over there who plays Santa and does a find job of it. My great-Grandson Solomon had his very first experience with Santa and kept calling him Satan. But Old Santa was used to such.
Mona could use all your prayers for her bi-polar depression, so please remember her. We heard that our brother-in-law Leo Sr. married to to Sally, Mona oldest sister, is coming home from the hospital where he underwent heart surgery and has come out looking pretty good. So, he' also needs your prayers to finish out his treatment.
Today I wrote out the dedication for the book I'm now working on and I dedicated it to the men I served with in the Air Force, it brought back a lot of memories. From bar fights, rocket attacks the foul chow in our base chow halls, and some of our old card games that led to bar fights, rocket attacks and nasty chow. 10-years in the military can bring back a lot of old memories. Good men. Sadly no women to serve with over seas, but stateside I did work with some great ladies. I once responded to a bad bar fight at the NCO club at Edward AFB, Mojave Desert, California. Pretty rambunctious bare knuckles brawl. I kept hoping my back up would arrive as I was greatly outnumbered, but suddenly everything came to an abrupt halt. I turned around and here stood this 100 pound female Security Police woman, with her revolver between her hands, shaking badly and I was the one being aimed at. She was overly excited, it was her first bar fight. I gently pulled the weapon out of her hand and holstered it for her. But it did quiet things down right fast, have to admit. She later became a real great investigator.
In all years as a military and civilian cop I weathered a lot of fights and I'm thankful the good Lord kept me safe....mostly. Hardest fight I had was with as 250 lb Marine...intoxicated and a real knuckle dragger. I'm still not sure who won that fight and we both ended up in the hotel's swimming pool at a Thailand hotel in Udorn, Thailand. I wasn't even working. Somehow, you just don't forget those altercations.
And Mike, if you are reading this, you've got to remember the color of the water in that pool. Don't recall the hotel's name, but we always went there.
So, I hope you are having a great time as you prepare for Christmas and I and my family wish all you a very joyous holiday season!!!!!
God bless to all of you many times over. BILL